Microsoft Supports the Troops

Xbox 360 / HDMI + 3 games + 60 HDD = $299.99

Microsoft Supports the Troops


Why are so many still on the shelf?
Vicenza, Italy--Microsoft is known for its console holiday bundles, but Microsoft have gone a step beyond for the troops of the US Armed Forces by putting something extra special in the $299.99 pro bundle. The $299 Bundle includes an Xbox 360 Pro with the new 60 GB HDD, Lego Indie, KF Panda and a choice of either Blue Dragon or Gears of War. Each bundle comes with 3 games, however, buyers must look carefully at the packaging to see if they are getting the Gears of War bundle or Blue Dragon bundle. Microsoft also discounts many other of its products for the Army such as Windows Vista discounts, Office 2007 discounts and even marked down prices on controllers and other accessories.

The Personal note:
Now that my launch 360 has finally died, might as well get a new one....right?

-c
22 Comments
23 Comments
Edited by twswordsman

Xbox 360 / HDMI + 3 games + 60 HDD = $299.99

Microsoft Supports the Troops


Why are so many still on the shelf?
Vicenza, Italy--Microsoft is known for its console holiday bundles, but Microsoft have gone a step beyond for the troops of the US Armed Forces by putting something extra special in the $299.99 pro bundle. The $299 Bundle includes an Xbox 360 Pro with the new 60 GB HDD, Lego Indie, KF Panda and a choice of either Blue Dragon or Gears of War. Each bundle comes with 3 games, however, buyers must look carefully at the packaging to see if they are getting the Gears of War bundle or Blue Dragon bundle. Microsoft also discounts many other of its products for the Army such as Windows Vista discounts, Office 2007 discounts and even marked down prices on controllers and other accessories.

The Personal note:
Now that my launch 360 has finally died, might as well get a new one....right?

-c
Posted by SmugDarkLoser

Blue Dragon is such a good game

Posted by LordAndrew

Blue Dragon or Gears of War... Tough choice.

Posted by SmugDarkLoser

^ not really, blue dragon easily.
gears is cool for a bit, but it just feels sort of eh. 

Posted by Pibo47
SmugDarkLoser said:
"^ not really, blue dragon easily.
gears is cool for a bit, but it just feels sort of eh. "
Ummm...No, its a rreally easy choice, JRPG's suck ass, and Gears is great.
Posted by CitizenKane

That's a pretty sweet deal.  Too bad that I don't need a new Xbox 360 at the moment.

Posted by Arkthemaniac

I can see it now.

Soldier: This'll be great to give to Jackson, he's been down lately. I wonder if he'll be able to play with no hands . . .
Posted by Pibo47

Good for mircosoft and helpin the troops out a bit. *claps*

Posted by LordAndrew
SmugDarkLoser said:
"^ not really, blue dragon easily.
gears is cool for a bit, but it just feels sort of eh. "
Sounds like an apt description of Blue Dragon.

Sorry, SDL, but you might be alone here. I anticipated Blue Dragon with the same anticipation I give other great-looking JRPGs. But then the game came out, I read some reviews, watched some videos, and lost interest. It's a competent RPG, but nothing more.
Posted by twswordsman

@Arkthemaniac
Dude, not cool! I know some people here who've lost their loved ones. It is sad whenever a soilder is wounded.

On the other hand, I've tried playing Weapon of Choice and the F.E.A.R. 2 demo with my feet....not too bad if you use your heals.

Posted by CreamyGoodness

and this has what to do with the army?

Edited by SmugDarkLoser
LordAndrew said:
"SmugDarkLoser said:
"^ not really, blue dragon easily.
gears is cool for a bit, but it just feels sort of eh. "
Sounds like an apt description of Blue Dragon.

Sorry, SDL, but you might be alone here. I anticipated Blue Dragon with the same anticipation I give other great-looking JRPGs. But then the game came out, I read some reviews, watched some videos, and lost interest. It's a competent RPG, but nothing more."
So you're saying that you are a better judge of a game than I am as you have read some reviews and watched videos?
wowz.

I'd have to imagine that 99% of the people who think Blue Dragon is a bad game haven't played it.  It's pretty dang good, super polished.
It's just with Blue Dragon in particular, people like to pretend they have played it.  Kind of weird really.

Killzone 2 sucks.  I've read Edge's review and saw some videos. 
That my friend is essentially the same base (granted, I've played the demo, but I also don't think it's bad, but it's an example)
Posted by LordAndrew

Remember when you judged White Knight Chronicles based on a single video? At least I know a lot more about Blue Dragon than you do of WKC.

Posted by Vinchenzo
SmugDarkLoser said:
"LordAndrew said:
"SmugDarkLoser said:
"^ not really, blue dragon easily.
gears is cool for a bit, but it just feels sort of eh. "
Sounds like an apt description of Blue Dragon.

Sorry, SDL, but you might be alone here. I anticipated Blue Dragon with the same anticipation I give other great-looking JRPGs. But then the game came out, I read some reviews, watched some videos, and lost interest. It's a competent RPG, but nothing more."
So you're saying that you are a better judge of a game than I am as you have read some reviews and watched videos?
wowz."
I played both games and Gears is better. Blue Dragon follows the generic JRPG format with annoying characters, mediocre combat, and a shitty story. It's forgettable as they come. So in other words, Gears is the better choice.
Posted by SmugDarkLoser

LordAndrew said:

"Remember when you judged White Knight Chronicles based on a single video? At least I know a lot more about Blue Dragon than you do of WKC."

and this is a good way to comeback at me?
You're debating against someone who has played the game.  I was saying in that thread how it looked like crap based on the newest gameplay videos since it looked so lifeless and dull.  If you played the game and disagreed, I couldn't say that what you said is wrong based on those videos.

Posted by Kazona

Ok someone enlighten me. Exactly what does this have to do with the US Army?

Posted by crunchUK

this is quite funny

Posted by daniel_beck_90

Now that is what I call a fantastic deal !!!

Posted by Arkthemaniac
twswordsman said:
"@Arkthemaniac
Dude, not cool! I know some people here who've lost their loved ones. It is sad whenever a soilder is wounded.

On the other hand, I've tried playing Weapon of Choice and the F.E.A.R. 2 demo with my feet....not too bad if you use your heals."
How is that not cool? War is hell, and a fucking Xbox won't help!
Edited by LordAndrew

I've played my fair share of RPGs. From what I've seen, Blue Dragon doesn't offer what I want in an RPG. That's it. If you enjoy it, that's fine. I just don't think I would. It looks okay, but not something I'm particularly interested in playing.

You saw a single video and decided a game was crap. I read reviews, watched videos, and decided I wasn't interested in the game. There's a big difference.

Posted by LordAndrew
Kazona said:
"Ok someone enlighten me. Exactly what does this have to do with the US Army?"
Apparently this particular bundle is for people in the Armed Forces.
Edited by SmugDarkLoser

yea, sure, but you have to admit that it's extremely well made, polished, and achieves what it went for, whether or not you like that direction.

it also still has some of the best graphics on  the 360, although no one seems to notice.  If it were to be more well recieved by sites, people would have agreed.  Lair to an extent even. (talking graphically here)

Posted by twswordsman

War is hell, sure I understand that and tossing families and Xbox won't bring their Dads or Moms home any faster. The thing is young military families have a lot of things to worry about financially (from experience here...) and providing bundles like this one is a very SMALL thing Microsoft can do to help them out. Believe it or not, Armed Forces families still like videogames.

I'm in no way supporting war with this post.